Entries tagged “lists”

Who’s the best World Series pitcher of all time?

Coming off Madison Bumgarner’s impressive complete game shutout on Sunday night, the Times looks at the best World Series pitchers.

Bumgarner now holds the record for lowest career earned run average (0.29) in the World Series among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched. The mark is impressive by any standard. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Bumgarner is the best World Series pitcher ever.

That distinction belongs to Christy Mathewson, who also did his pitching for the Giants (when they were in New York). It’s not even close, either.

Don Larson, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, didn’t even make the list. Who’s that Babe Ruth guy?

Best 100 animated movies

Time Out New York brings us the top 100 animated movies of all time.

Then again, as we polled over 100 experts in the field—from directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes AndersonIce Age and Rio’s Carlos SaldanhaWallace & Gromit’s Nick Park, to critics and hardcore fans alike—it became clear that animation doesn’t just mean kids’ and family movies. Worldwide innovators have adapted the form to include action, politics, race and sex. Animation has grown up, sometimes uneasily, right before our eyes.

Most of the problems I have with the list are probably based on emotions, so I won’t go into it. However, since I already own most of the top 10, I might as well watch them in order.

Yelp’s Top 100

Yelp has revealed it’s Top 100 places to eat in the U.S.

Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community.

Of course, since it’s only using Yelp’s data, the results are skewed towards the type of people who actively use Yelp. Case in point: NYC’s top rated place to eat is a food truck. While it is quite good, I don’t know anyone who would list it at number one in the city.

50 things we didn’t know last year

The Tampa Tribune gives us a list of 50 things we didn’t know last year.

8. Astronomers discovered the most distant galaxy ever. Its light took more than 13 billion years to reach Earth. The system, which can be found in the night sky above the handle of the Big Dipper, creates more than 330 stars a year — 100 times faster than our Milky Way galaxy.

13. All mammals urinate for roughly the same amount of time, 21 seconds, regardless of their size. The mathematical model of animals is now known as “The Law of Urination.”

34. For women, smelling a newborn baby feels as good as drugs to addicts or cheeseburgers to those just breaking a fast.

America’s 15 Best Pizzas

USA Today gives us a list of America’s 15 best pizzas.

Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country’s best pizzas a truly challenging task.

Six joints in NYC, three in New Haven, CT (wtf?), two in SF, and one each in Portland, Providence, and LA. Notice, not one in Chicago or any mention of that deep dish crap. John Stewart’s right, “It’s not pizza…it’s a fucking casserole.”

Roman emperors in order of how hardcore their deaths were

The Awl gives us a list of Roman Emperors in order of how hardcore their deaths were.

11. Leo II (474): Poisoned by his own mother so her husband could become emperor.

And that was only number 11!

I’ve written a few down…just in case.

Top 100 Pet Peeves of Servers

As an almost mandatory follow-up to the Times “100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do”, the San Francisco Chronicle gives us “Top 100 Pet Peeves of Servers”.

Highlights include:

6. Frat boys, drunk chicks, bachelorettes, and hammered CEO’s: please stop doing cocaine and throwing up in our bathrooms. Go to a house party or your hotel room if you need to get wasted.

9. Drinking melted ice and calling it a cocktail. I’m sorry, you already drank your cocktail. Now you’re just drinking a memory.

I’m glad I’m not guilty of any of them (so far).

30 Secrets Your Waiter Will Never Tell You

Reader’s Digest brings us “30 Secrets Your Waiter Will Never Tell You”.

10. Oh, you needed more water so badly, you had to snap or tap or whistle? I’ll be right back … in ten minutes.

And from the I-wish-I-didn’t-know-that department:

28. If you’re worried about cleanliness, check out the bathroom. If the bathroom is gross, you can be sure the kitchen is much worse.

Top 10 Movie Flops of the Decade

The Hollywood Reporter lists the top 10 movie flops of the decade.

I’ve seen four of them and gave them an average rating of 1.875 stars out of five. I completely forgot that “Battlefield Earth” was part of this decade.